Liberation theology has become an essential component of almost every major debate over Latin America today. It has changed the face of political life in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Haiti; contributed to the rise of “people power” in the Philippines; even played a role in the growing discontent of debt-plagued Brazil.
Now, using the plainspoken approach that made his Inside Central America the indispensable book on current affairs in the region, Phillip Berryman traces the origins, spread, and impact of liberation theology. He shows how its proponents have radically reinterpreted basic Biblical themes (such as the Creation and the Exodus) from the perspective of the poor and isenfranchised. By not asking “What must I believe?” but rather “What is to be done?” they make a direct connection between religious beliefs and political life.
Phillip Berryman was a pastoral worker in a barrio in Panama during 1965-73, the years in which the new liberation theology and pastoral practice in Latin America were taking shape. From 1976 to 1980, as Central American representative for the… More about Phillip Berryman
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Published by Pantheon Feb 20, 2013| 240 Pages| ISBN 9780307831606
“Phillip Berryman writes clearly and convincingly about what may turn out to be the most important religious movement since the Protestant Reformation….Liberation Theology should be read by everyone who wants to understand the preferential option for the poor and the spiritual revolutions going on in Latin America.” -Robert F. Drinan, S.J.